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obama. how often does he play basketball and golf. i wish i had that kind of time. he is lazy but the media won't report that. i didn't come up with that obama said that to barbara walters. cnn embarrassed herself by trying to spin that has a racist comment that the words were echoing the president's own words. many in the liberal media reacted as expected but as the author points out they are not so liberal when it comes to accepting points of view. >> why is it the cultural left, you know, he drives them crazy. >> well, i don't know. i think he doesn't drive me crazy. it's more of a question how much tolerance people have for other points of view. roger is so direct and can be abrasive a and at times he is intentionally abrasive. he likes to pull people's chains. he told me a couple of times, i'm not a pudger but i'm a countered puncher. that certainly the way he sees himself, under assault by the cultural elite. when people fight back, they are controversial and roger is tough fighter. >> jon: he did build fox news channel into number one. tough being on top. everybody is t
people think we have had such a contentious relationship. he had a past relationship with president obama. most would deny it. mittsaid that he supported romney. he did not do much to support president obama and this election recycle. --did they do a lot to bid bridge the gaps. , we sawuld be persuaded the israeli public they even though it may started with mistrust towards obama, it ended this week with a lot of affection. --really did manage to build bridge some of these gaps. he arrived in israel on wednesday. he met with the prime minister and president perez. he traveled to the west bank and he met with the palestinian authority. on friday, meeting with the president of jordan before playing tourist yesterday and he asked to washington about iran's ambitions. here is more from the trip and the comments of the israeli prime has -- president. we discussed the long-range issues for both of our countries. among these is iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. , you have made it clear that you are determined to preventing iran from developing nuclear weapons. i appreciate your forth
obama, but succeed on the public part of the trip. it is two trips in one to israel. the public part, you'd be hard- pressed to find a ford minivan'' worth of israelis that are anti- american. they want to like an american president. whatever their differences, for the most part, every stop along the visit is designed, choreographed to touch deeper chords in israeli society, whether it is the shrine of the books, or the stop at hertzel's tomb, or talking to israeli kids about their future in the 21st century. these are things obama will do very well at. i think this trip -- i would be surprised if it is not a success. there'll be some pickups, -- some hiccups, but the big piece, the public part i think is going to be successful to the extent it can. the way i see it, some say obama is just checking a box. i think he sees that the way towards managing his relationship with the israeli government runs through the israeli public. it does not mean that netanyahu is completely poll focused. i think the issue of iran as a gut issue for netanyahu. it is not just looking at public opinion. c
the israeli press. now president obama takes his charm offensive directly to the israeli people. in a major speech he delivered about the importance of israel and the importance of peace with the palestinians. the audience of students helped him deal with a heckler. >> oh no. >> this is part of the live lyre debate we talked about. this is good. >> i have to say we arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. >> you know i -- i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >> the president used the forum to deliver another stern warning to the assad regime in syria next door. >> we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. the world is watching, we will hold you accountable. >> and he was cheered for his commitment on iran. >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> earlier in the west bank, president obama met with the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. only hours after a stark reminder of the region's dangers as militants in gaza fired several rockets into so
. >> big decision to make. eric? >> kerry is in iraq today. president obama returned from his four-day tour of the middle east. the first foreign trip of his second term. first trip to israel as president. some view the trip as a so-called charm offensive. israel and an attempt to thaw the rocky-strained relationship he has with binyamin netanyahu. is that relationship now thawed? will it work? what about iran? joining us as always on sunday mornings, former ambassador john bolton and fox contributor. good morning, ambassador. >> good morning. glad to be with you. >> good to see you, as always. how did he do? how about the relationship between the president and the prime minister? >> i think that the president's trip always had two purposes. one was the public political aspect of the trip to try to repair the very visibly frosty relationship that he had with israel and in his first term. and i think that he largely accomplished that, photo opportunities were great. the -- they had humor, a couple of hugs. really what else could you ask for? but underneath, the second purpose of the trip, i
in iran, chemical in syria. has given president obama's middle east trip a new sense of urgency tonight. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he believes that president obama is determined to keep iran from developing nuclear weapo weapons. he reiterated israel's determination to take military action necessary. the two leaders discussed reports about the use of chemical weapons in syria. crossing of president obama's red line. we have fox team coverage tonight. rosen looks at the iran issue but we begin with ed henry in jerusalem with worries over the deadly action in neighboring syria. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. most significant with the president's strong tone throwing out the possibility of military action. he has issued the warpings before. >> talking tough in the first public comments that chemical weapons have been used in syria, president obama said the regime in damascus will be held accountable. >> when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties, and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking pote
" is following breaking news out of israeli. president obama will be holding a joint news conference with benjamin netanyahu. following a would closed-door meeting between those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria
to nicosia. >> u.s. president barack obama wraps up his three-day tour of the middle east with a final stop in jordan and a bit of telephone peace brokering. and "cloud atlas" is the front runner in this year's nominations for the german film prize, the lolas. for cyprus, the coming weekend is make or break time. lawmakers have two more days to come up with a bailout plan for the banks or risk sending the whole country into economic collapse. >> the european central bank has said cyprus must come up with 5.8 billion euros by monday in order to qualify for a 10 billion euro bailout. if nicosia fails, the ecb will cut off funding to the ivan. russia further increase pressure on friday, saying it will not offer financial aid until a final plan that the eu is sealed. >> that has the government in nicosia backed or it was a few days ago. that includes a controversial tax on bank accounts to fund the bailout. >> people in cyprus brave the storm to protest outside parliament ahead of a crucial few hours for the country. inside, lawmakers are voting on a series of measures designed to help the fina
of immigrants after the obama administration eagerly blamed the release of detainees included aggravated felons and repeat dui offenders on the sequester apocalypse, it's about time someone had the courage to question the recklessness, the stupidity of this decision. watch this. >> the release of aggravated felons does not rise to the level of something that the secretary of the department of homeland security should know about, what does rise to the level? if you release thousands of people every day? >> we release thousands of people every month. we operate in the system that we had 4 hundred and-- >> you don't blame it on sequestration? dui would be a misdemeanor, right. dui first offense? how about second offense. >> depends on state law. >> how about the states where you relle? did you release any recidivist drunk drivers? >> yes. >> how many? >> i don't have the exact number, but we have released many individuals who had dui offenses. >> repeat offender dui. >> repeat defender dui. >> and request reschedule to move moan around. the nation that you didn't want to rob peter to pay paul. you
in february, and although he refused to answer the question, he said he and president obama had spoken about it "a bit." i think it's interesting to think about the iea th a obama have talked about whether he wants a third term and perhaps how inclined obama is to give it to him. >> rose: a look at syria and chemical weapons. and also the bernanke conversation today about the economy and the role of the federal reserve when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: the syrian conflict reached new levels this week. the assad regime and the syrian opposition groups accused of each other of using chemical weapons. the allegations were made only hours before president obama's departure to israel yesterday. the white house has yet to verify the claims but lawmakers are increasingly calling for action. here's what presidentbama said eaier day in a joint press conference with israeli prime minister netanyahu. >> with respect to chemical weapons, we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in
president obama's departure to israel yesterday. the white house has yet to verify the claims but lawmakers are increasingly calling for action. here's what president obama said earlier today in a joint press conference with israeli prime minister netanyahu. >> with respect to chemical weapons, we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in syria right now, you've got a war zone. you have information that's filtered out. but we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened, what was nature of the incident, what can we document, what can we prove. i've instructed me teams to work closely with all other countries in the region, and international organizations, and institutions to find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed. i will note without at this point having all the facts before me, that we know the syrian government has the capacity to carry out chemical weapon attacks. we know that there are those there the syrian government who have compressed a willingness to use-- expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons if necessary, to prote
president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold a historic news conference in jerusalem. there are lots of conflicting reports today about a possible chemical weapons attack in syria and we are told that will be one of the top issues that we'll hear about right here in the next 50 minutes. and welcome to "america live," i'm megyn kelly. right now, president obama and the israeli prime minister are meeting behind closed doors. we expect to hear them both within the hour. the president's trip comes at a dangerous time for the jewish state and the entire region. to israel's west, questions about the muslim brotherhood and political stability in egypt. and to the east, syria, in the grips of an allout civil war and just 24 hours ago we received reports that chemical weapons may have been used against one side or the other. and of course, there is the constant threat from iran which president obama himself warned could be less than a f having a nuclear weapon. so as we await this historical-making news conference we want to check in with our own leland vittert live with the h
in additional aid, and mr. obama also pushed back at some criticisms of why the u.s. has not intervened militarily in syria. take a listen. >> you know, i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily it's criticized, and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily? and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the president should be back in the u.s. just shy of midnight tonight, but while mr. obama heads home, secretary of state john kerry is remaining in the region. he has a pair of meetings today, one of them with the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. that's taking place in jordan. another one that will take place over dinner with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu of israel. just another signal of just how important this issue is to the administration as they're showing once again their commitment to try to revive these peace talks. alex? >> all right, pet
goodness it is "the cycle." president obama meets the so-called modern king. is this the end of america's reign on the world stage? >> i'm sitting in for toure's book. that is the last time we're going to mention it today. >> no, it's not. >> boom! i have to till, i can get used to this. that's my kind of humor. >> i'll be laughing all the way to the bank. see what i did there? we were talking about humor. we're going to show you how to tip the odds in your favor on everything from the stock market to your week on the tennis court. game, set, match. "the cycle" starts right now. >> don't get used to it. from peace talks to syria, president obama's wrapping up his mideast tour. this is actually really cool. we were looking at this map before the show. this is cool. president obama is out of israel and spending the night in jordan. he arrived this morning. abdullah is the region's most pro american leader. he survived the arab spring with few scars while watching the others fall. the atlantic even coined him, the modern king in the arab spring. unfortunately for him his desert kingdom is
across the board now. so, yes. >> thanks very much. barack obama is set to arrive in israel on wednesday. it will be his first official visit as u.s. president. israel and the u.s. are, of course, close allies, but obama did not travel to the country during his first term. >> that decision was widely considered a snub of israel, and many israelis view the u.s. leader with a bit of skepticism. winning over public opinion is a top priority on this trip along with the stalled middle east peace process and iran's nuclear peace program. >> the white house is on a charm offensive. last week, barack obama spoke on israeli television, addressing directly some of israel's concerns. > i have been crystal clear about my position on iran possessing a nuclear weapon -- that is a red line for us. it is something that would not only be dangerous for israel but would be dangerous for the world, dangerous for u.s. national security interests. >> in washington, it is no secret that obama does not have a good relationship with israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front
the private parts of ducks. this is part of president obama stimulus plan and just one example of the kind of spending decisions that add up to massive debt and deficit. tonight, there is a week-long series on what to cut. >> government is not the solution to the problem. government the problem. >> rare of big government is over. >> every president called to streamline federal bureaucracy but none succeeded. >> government is largeer than it ever has been. the debt is growing at record rate. >> adjusted for inflation. government spending went up from $882 billion spent every year in 1980s to $1.48 trillion in the 1990s. $2.24 trillion a year and the first decade of the 21st century. mast ited that government will have spent almost as much in the first four years as a new decade as in the 1990s. >> in the past there bar crisis like world war ii or the korean war, nondefense spending was cut by 20 to 30%. >> that didn't happen after 9/11 or after the financial crisis. >> nothing typifies the expansion of government as much as the growing wealth of the washington, d.c. area. region with few ne
out of syria chemical weapons were used in that war as president obama arrives it -- in israel and a country that shares a border. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to america's newsroom. martha: i'm martha maccallum. this is very serious story. president obama may soon have to act. mike rogers chairs the intel committee in the house. his counterpart in the senate, dianne feinstein, both say based on briefings they received very high probability that syria's regime used weapons of mass destruction. that has been called a red line issue by president obama who warned syria's dictator bashar al-assad that he should not cross that line. bill: the white house has been briefed and the white house has to make some decisions in this. i think the days are becoming more desperate and the regime is more desperate and we know where the chemical weapons are, end quote. peter doocy leads the coverage in washington. how certain are the lawmakers that chemical weapons have been used, peter? >> reporter: not 100% certain, bill but senator feinstein says lawmakers have seen the same intelligence the whit
, president obama prepares for his first trip to israel since becoming president. before departing tomorrow, some unfinished business, tapping a new labor secretary. >> today i'm proud to nominate a leader to carry on those efforts, as america's next secretary of labor, tom perez. >>> vice president biden in rome, to lead the u.s. delegation at pope francis' inaugural mass. >>> and prince champling to the rescue, after kate gets her heel stuck in a storm grate, the parents-to-be, are they on the same page when it comes to their first child? word is kate wants a boy, and william is hoping for a girl. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington today. and former secretary of state and first lady, hillary clinton, today took the public step that we have seen from president obama, from vice president biden and even from republican senator rob portman. clinton saying that equality for lgbt americans includes the right to marry. joining me now for our daily fix, ruth marcus, editorial columnist for the "washington post." we've seen this evolution and clearly, hillary clinton as secretary
." from michelle obama on the role of first ladies throughout history. that is available for the discounted price of $12.95 plus shipping. that is at c-span.org/products. c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. next, a former white house middle east advisers discussed president obama's trip to israel. that is followed by senator carl levin, chairman of the armed services committee, and u.s. defense and foreign policy. later a discussion on expanding coverage under the health care law for the lgbt community. >> president obama is set to arrive in israel on wednesday, followed by a was -- a visit to the west bank and a final stop in jordan, during his first overseas trip in his second term. two former middle east advisers discussed theouse president's trip. from the washington institute, this is 90 minutes. >> good afternoon. and welcome to the washington institute. i am the director of the institute. i'm very happy to welcome all of you today. just at the outside, if i could remind you, cell phon
. the country is getting ready for a new election in may. barack obama is going to return to washington later on saturday, ending his middle east trip. on his visit, he promised the u.s. would continue to push for a two-state solution, but let many palestinians disappointed with what they say is a passive political posture on key issues, namely that tracking of his previous demand that israeli settlement building must stop immediately. palestinianthe national initiative says obama abandoning the initiative of settlement building is counterproductive. >> at the time, when the israeli expansion settlement policies are at their peak, and when israel has the most ,xtreme right wing government pointak position at this is not good for the solution he is calling for. it means that a petition of what we had here in the last 20 years, the peace process that as a substitute to peace, a peace process that is a cover to settlement expansion. also, he failed totally in recognizing the system of apartheid and the ground that is killing the possibility of a two-state solution. >> turkey and israel have rest
blitzer in "the situation room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening now president obama calls iran a great civilization. so what's behind this renewed outreach even in the face of a potential nuclear threat? vice president joe biden spends one night in paris. the hotel bill comes to more than half a million dollars for him and his entire delegation. we're getting an extremely rare glimpse at how much it costs when a vice president of the united states travels. and a newborn baby found in a new york city subway, adopted by the man who found him. you'll find out how extraordinary this story really is and how it's playing out. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is kicking off the next leg of his trip to the middle east with what might seem to be a change at least in tune a little bit as far as iran is concerned. at a news conference in amman, jordan the president made a staunch plea for a peaceful solution in the face of growing nuclear concerns. >> if, in fact, what the supreme leader has said is the case, which is that developing a nuclear weap
as president obama reminded us in his inaugural address to preserve our planet commanded to our care by god. i lay no claim to religious authority, but i must believe this -- something that harms others, something that disturbs god's creation, something that stands on lies and greed, protecting that must not be consistent with god's will. in his 2010 world day of peace message entitled "if you want to cultivate peace, protect creation," pope benedict xvi called upon the faithful, and i quote -- "to protect the environment and to safeguard natural resources and the climate, while at the same time taking into due account the solidarity we owe to those living in the poorer areas of our world and to future generations." in his inaugural mass this morning, pope francis said, and i quote -- "please, i would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life and all men and women of goodwill, let us be protectors of creation, protectors of god's plannen scribed in nature -- plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. as ea
it was the other side. but u.s. intelligence officials have not been able to confirm the reports. president obama has said that chemical weapons would be, quote, a gameing us for a fair d balanced discussion. congressman edroyce and the ranking member of the committee, congressman eliet engle. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> shannon: mr. chairman, your reaction to the news that the opposition leader, backed by the syria says he's resigning because he hasn't gotten enough support? itch this is a big problem. we have finally made a decision, it's too late in the game, to use actionable intelligence it and to assist the free syrian forces on the ground. but here's why we needed to do more to assist this faction. their competition against assad is the cited franchise that operate there is, mostly foreign fighters. so if we with our intelligence and by giving the green light to our allies, if we can do more to assist the free syrian army, we can destabilize and perhaps remove assad. the sooner that happens, the better. i say that because assad now has iranian troops on the ground in syria. we do
to weigh in on an up popular law. cruz says it hasn't lived up to expectations. >> when obama care was being proposed the president told americans the average american family would see our premiums drop by $2,500. instead, today, the average american family has seen our premiums rise by $3,000. that's a $5,500 difference between what was promised and what has been delivered. so, for democrats on the 2014 ballot, such as mary lan drew of louisiana, mark pryor of arkansas, they had to vote in favor of the president's healthcare law in what may be considered largely red republican states. so, you can bet there will be ads running over the next two years saying, when senator so and so had a repeal obamacare, he or she voted in favor of it. >> shepard: mike, thanks a lot. let's bring in chris wallace. how is this thing shaping up? >> well, you put your finger on it. this is largely for show. we know that the budget, the democratic budget, is going to pass and the democratic controlled senate and will not pass in the republican-controlled house. but this vote-a-rama that mike is talking
. >> and president obama is weighing in, too, using his weekly radio address to push a ban on assault weapons, a limit on the size of ammunition magazines, and stepped-up background checks. >> they're supported by a majority of the american people, and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> still, the chief reason we're seeing so much activity right now is that gun control measures appear to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the
, president obama is on the ground in israel right now. it's his first trip there as commander in chief. we just saw the limousine pull up arriving at israeli president peres' home in jerusalem. one of many stops on his trip. the bulk of this visit will, indeed, center on israel where he'll try to make a connection to the israeli people. >>> all started 6:13 this morning eastern time when he landed in tel aviv. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as a
. >> i like it. you get your chance, take it. >> okay. we will start there actually. president obama touched down in the west bank city of ramallah this morning and great by president abbas of the palestinian authority kicking off the second leg of his four-day visit to the middle east. today, the israel army confirmed four rockets were fired from the gaza strip landing in southern israel and causing some damage. the rocket strike, which has not been claimed by any palestinian militant group, is the second violation of the cease-fire that ended the clash between the hamas and israel this past november. yesterday, the president's meeting with israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu focused on another threat to israel in the region. it runs nuclear ambitions. >> we agree that a nuclear armed iran would be a threat to the region, a threat to the world, and potentially an threat to israel. all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> richard, help somebody out at home who is watching this. the president of the unit
. president obama, back in washington this morning following his middle east trip. forress is in recess passover and easter. the senate concluded its first budget in four years. michael bloomberg is launching a new ad campaign for guns and background purchasers. sunday, march 24, but we start with the front page of "the new york daily news." the me just read a portion of what they're writing -- host: politico is reporting on a story this morning, michael bloomberg pushing senators in a $12 million ad campaign, running the ads in 13 states during the easter and passover recess focused on expanding background checks for gun purchasers. solemnly supporting republicans in states where groups can most influence the upcoming votes. we would get your calls and comments on this. you can join us on line, twitter.com/c-spanwj, or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org. or you give us a phone call, for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. let's take a line -- let's take a look at one of the latest ads from mayor michael bloomberg. [video clip] >> t
, however, is in communities across america, coast-to-coast, with barack obama's campaign, by the hundreds of people. going to community events. going to swearing-in ceremonies. going everywhere imaginable. and then establishing those real authentic contacts that no five-month campaign -- no matter how big -- is going to be able to overcome. and that's why we're committed to hiring hundreds of paid people into african-american, hispanic, and asian communities across america, even in 2013, which, for our party, doesn't really like permanent politics, is something very new. >> but is there also a messaging problem there that folks aren't liking the message that you're delivering? >> well, i think it's a matter of, you know -- it's kind of like, you know -- it's not -- our moms used to say, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. and i think it's a lot of that. now, look, one of the issues that i think really cut pretty badly within the hispanic communities, when mitt romney talked about self-deportation. you know, it's a concept that really doesn't -- it's not our party's position. but i
squashed on the >>> president obama's first visit to israel since taking office. we're live as he begins this historic trip. >>> and that trip taking on a new urgency as evidence builds this morning that syria us agovernment is using chem. >> caller: weapons on its own people. >>> redemption for mark sanford. the controversial former governor of south carolina one step closer to winning a seat in the house. >>> and inspiring words from the young girl shot in the head by the taliban as she returns to school for the first time. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow in for john berman. >> nice to have you. it is the first day of spring and it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with president obama. about to touchdown in tel aviv for start of a middle east visit. his plane lands in less than 90 minutes and his mission is taking on a new urgency at this hour. because there is mounting evidence syrian government has used chemical weapons on its own people near the city of oleppo. listen to this. >> i have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were use
into that country slamming a border town. as president obama meets with palestinian leaders today in the west bank. conor powell is live in the town of sirot, israel, southern part of the country where police say one of those rockets landed. conor. hello. >> reporter: well, bill, israeli officials actually upped the number to four rockets that have been fired from gaza into southern israel earlier today. while much of the physical damage is fairly minor, bill, it was damage to a patio. there is the emotional damage. this is the second time this house here in sderot has been damaged in the last four or five months. there is the symbolic damage. fragile ceasefire agreed to in thanksgiving has been broken. no doubt this volley of rockets that came from gaza was tied to president obama's trip to israel and the west bank earlier today. bill: you wonder what has been said even out of gaza or hamas. what are they trying it say to this, conor? >> reporter: bill it is clear. we don't know if it was hamas or islamic jihad but this is the palestinians in gaza saying don't forget about us. we're part of the e
reality a dream. >>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" -- president obama is in jordan for the final stop on his middle east tour. the focus today, the flood of refugees escaping the civil war in neighboring syria. before arriving in jordan, the president spent the morning touring some of the region's cultural landmarks, including the graves of theodore hertzel, the father of modern zionism and yi itzak rabin. >> this accounting of horror is yet a source of hope. for here we learn we are never powerless, in our lives we always have choices, to succomb to our worst instincts or submit to the better angels of our nature. >>> at home, background checks are in, where is the senate gun bill headed now. in three years after the landmark health care law, republicans still refuse give up the fight. >>> let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. >> coming up, health and human services kathleen sebelius, with a reality check on where the law stands today. >>> and new jersey's tough-talking governor faces a tough crowd of his own, a class f
and eventually spread to baghdad.ll >> rose: so then bush-- there was an election in 2008, and barack obama was elected president. he come spodz office with what assumptions about iraq, and how did his views on iaq play out? >> well, president obama, as a candidate-- and i interviewed him twice on iraq, single subject, as a candidate-- his view was he campaigned on ae platform of taking all of the american combat brigades out inn 16 months with a date certain. >> rose: okay, then he gets into power, and he withdraws the troops. and then there are negotiations to leave some troops, which yous you believe was a significantwa mistake, that negotiation failed. and so they did not leave five, 000, or 1000 troops there. 1 what happened? >> well, first off, withha president obama, he really did not fulfill his campaign promisf literally of taking the troops out in 16 months.s he pretted much ended up takingly them out on george bush's schedule, the end of 2011. two, the other thing is what people don't realize is the t obama administration tried to de a lot more than just take troops out. they tri
of frightening. i'm jake tapper and this is "the lead." the world lead. president obama warns syria that using chemical weapons would cross his red line. what will he do now that one may have been fired? i will ask his new chief of staff. >>> the politics lead. senator marco rubio joins me on the same day his idea for a pathway to citizenship gets a boost from a potential 2016 rival. >>> the sports lead. he went 50 for 50 in his state by state elections for the 2012 election. just imagine what numbers guru nate silver can do for your march madness bracket. >>> the world lead -- 70,000 people have already been killed in syria's two-year-long civil war but now reports that forces have started using the kind of artillery that could kill that number of people in a matter of days. i'm referring to chemical weapons. as of now the reports are unconfirmed. if true, it is unclear who fired them. each side blames the other. i'll bring in nick walsh standing by in beirut, lebanon. the rebels say the government killed 25 people with a chemical weapon. help us out here. who is telling the truth? >> reporte
? >>> president obama plays couples therapist between world powers, nudging israel to pick up the phone and say, sorry, for an international incident. >>> also in national news, last march was the warmest on record. we didn't know how good we had it. another nor'easter on the way as winter overstays its welcome. >> good afternoon. we're following news that broke just a short time ago that could seriously affect everything from travel to disaster readiness. the federal aviation administration announced its closing 149 regional airport control towers due to those forced spending cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month, the so-called sequester. florida, texas and california are the states with most closures. they could have a major impact on you. the tower at the ramona airport in san diego county, california, is on the list. ramona serves as a fire fighting air base. the place where plane tankers like the one shown in this file video can fuel up to fight wildfires ravaging southern california. administrators say there is no other airport in the area equipped to handle the job. a
with obama as president and the democrats in the senate to even get votes on good ideas. in other words, we're now finally getting the democrats in the senate to write a budget which for 1418 days, four years, they never wrote a budget. how do you campaign against democrats in the senate if they don't even write down what they're for? so there are differences in how you structure. i think there's a lot to be learned from republican successes with governors like walker in wisconsin who made dramatic changes on the cost of government, government-run pensions, the unionized government work force and bobby jindal with school choice. he's planning this year to abolish the corporate and individual income tax, moving in a very different direction than the national democrats want to and winning elections with that approach. so there's a lot to be learned both by the failure of the romney campaign and the senate races and the successes the republicans have had at the state level. >> host: and we're taking your calls in this segment with grover norquist with americans for tax reform. the phone lines
and opposition are trading accusations tonight about the use of chemical weapons. president obama characterized activity as a crossing a red line, that theoretically would lead to har, consequences. chief washington correspondent james rosen reports from the white house. >> syrian state television broadcast images showing victims of what the government said was a chemical attack launched by the rebels outside aleppo. the regime cited 16 dead and 86 injured, most critically. >> this morning, missile was launched. that missile carried poisonous gases. the substance of the missile caused the immediate fainting, convulsion and death. >> kremlin steadfastly backed the assad regime with weapons and political support blamed the rebels. but opposition leaders swiftly denied responsibility for attack in any event would have exceeded the known military capabilities. >> the rebels don't have access to chemical weapons. they don't have access to watch the chemical weapons. >> indeed the regime of the dictatorial president bashar assad long been believed to possess one of the largest arsenals of biological
, and also part of president clinton's legacy. i would hope that president obama would learn from that. the american people overwhelmingly support balancing our budgets. and the budget the senate democrats are considering never balances, ever. that means more debt, fewer jobs, and, frankly, much higher taxes from the american people. we certainly hope the president will change his mind and submit a plan that actually balances the budget. let's be clear, the democrats in this town who reject the goal of balancing the budget i think were out of step of where the american people are. the american people know you can't continue to spend money you don't have. i didn't come here for a fancy title or big office. i want to hand my kids and grandkids the same shot at the american dream that i had, not some mountain of debt. that's why republicans are standing with the american people and working to balance he federal budget. >> there's been talk about these budgets here and budgets aren't binding. do you think that budgets cause -- budget process that they are essentially political weapons -- j
challenges against proposition 8 and the defense of marriage act. >>> president obama is back home in the u.s. he was in israel, the west bank, and jordan. >>> secretary of state john kerry remains in the middle east including meeting with benjamin netanyahu. he urged iraqi leaders to overcome sectarian that threatens the stability. let's go to kristen welker. what is the president saying about the trip to the middle east? how are they characterizing this trip? >> reporter: hi, alex. officials believe he set out to do. he also reaffirmed the united states' commitment to the israeli people. the israeli people were skeptical about that prior to the trip. and then there was an unexpected diplomatic victory where president obama, through arm twisting, convinced netanyahu to call turkey and apologize for a deadly raid against a turkish ship. that will be key in moving forward with issues like syria and tries to reopen the peace process in the middle east. so i think white house officials are feeling good about the trip. the big question, if you talk to experts in the region, is what is president
the attack. president obama has made clear in the past that in his view, the use of chemical weapons by either side in syria would change the rules for our involvement in syria. chief washington correspondent james rosen is live from the white house with more. >> the pentagon has been more definitive than the white house telling us they have yet no confirmation, no confirmation that chemical weapons have been used by either side in the syrian civil war, it was syrian state-run television that first made the allegation, broadcasting images purporting to show the victims of the chemical attack being treated near the syrian border. assadd blamed the rebels and the white house stated there is no evidence the rebels used such weapons and the officials here are deeply skeptical of such claims by the regime. >> i can tell you that we are assessing the reports about the possible use of chemical weapons, as well as the reports about the origins of possible chemical weapons in syria. and no other about our judgments on that. i can tell you that we're evaluating it. >> and assad has used scud
obama. and then trying to help broker that turkish/israeli agreement to restart their relations. and then, of course, his trip to jordan and then the unannounced secret trip to baghdad only yesterday, where he was really chiding and warning prime minister maliki that he has to do something to stop those iranian overflights, rearming syria. so this has been a pretty busy trip, a late-night dinner they have not announced last night with the very powerful head of the army, the army chief of staff, cayenny from pakistan in eamon of all things. he's not going to pakistan on this trip and usually secretaries of state go to both pakistan and afghanistan. but he's not going to pakistan, because they are in a political transition, and it just could not be worked out. so there has been a lot on his plate. but right now, front and center is president karzai. chris? >> thanks, andrea. >>> next, a big week ahead for same-sex marriage. as the supreme court takes up two cases that could be a game-changer for millions of gay and lesbian couples nationwide. we'll break down what's at stake. >>>
to reconcile these two documents. the house budget would balance after ten years. repeal obama care. no tax increases. the senate budget doesn't get to balance after ten years, it includes $1 trillion of tax increases, even some stimulus money to try to get the economy going. but it's significant that they're fighting at a lower level of intensity and turmoil. notice that the congress left for easter break without a crisis over a government shutdown. there was no crisis over potential debt limit, and government default earlier this year. could come back this summer but so long as it lasts, that's calming for the markets and good for the economy, and it may, lester, leave some space still for a compromise in which democrats would agree to changes in cuts in medicare and social security, and republicans would come up with a little bit more tax revenue, lester. >> all right, john harwood tonight, thank you. >>> president obama wrapped up his four-day visit to the middle east today, after helping israel and turkey end a three-year diplomatic dispute. that, in turn, will help the region deal wit
hamid karzai. it was his sixth time in afghanistan since president obama took office. his first as secretary of state. it comes at a krur time as the u.s. brings troops home turning more and more responsibility for security to the afghan government. chief washington correspondent james rosen joins me live now. james, bring us up to date. >> reporter: good morning. every leader between u.s. leaders and hamid karzai seems to be fraught with tension and this one is no different. aides say secretary kerry's talks will not dwell on the karzai's allegations that the u.s. and taliban are conspiring to weaken the afghan nation. rather they will discuss security concerns as the u.s. and nato mission in afghanistan winds down over the next 29 months and the need for transparency and fairness in the upcoming elections. for the first time in 12 years hamid karzai will not appear on the ballot. over the weekend jon mentioned secretary kerry met with another leader that. iraqi's leader, nouriel malaki. he wants iran to stop using iraqi airspace to deliver foreign fighters to the fighters and
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